The grieving family of the 17-year-old Colorado girl fatally shot by another student at school have expressed a powerful emotion toward her killer: forgiveness.
“My wife and I forgive Karl Pierson for what he did,” Michael Davis said Wednesday night during a memorial for his daughter, Claire.
Pierson, 18, shot Davis in the head before killing himself Dec. 13 at Arapahoe County High School in the Denver suburb of Centennial, sheriff’s investigators said.
“We would ask all of you here and all of you watching to forgive Karl Pierson,” said Davis, his voice choked with emotion. “He didn't know what he was doing.”
His daughter died eight days after the attack. She was an innocent victim of Pierson’s rampage, which officials believe was prompted by him losing his spot on the school’s debate team.
In 80 seconds of terror, Pierson stormed into the school armed with 125 rounds of ammunition, a machete and three Molotov cocktails, first firing a shotgun down a hallway. He then shot Claire point-blank while she sat nearby.